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“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.”
Good morning, friends! I learned when I was a child of something called “Indian summer”. I don’t know what to call this wintertime day that feels like spring, but I’ll take it! How about you?
Today, this very moment, I am getting some home repair work done because of a leak in my shower. Let’s pick up the story last week.
I agreed to work with a company that did an excellent job of a previous repair at my home; their representative was a young man named Joshua. He came, did an estimate of the job costs, and we agreed to sign a contract for the work. Through it all it was a bit discouraging; damage to one’s home and repairs are not pleasing. So when Joshua and I met to exchange signatures I doled out my standard promise to anyone I encounter beyond the casual:
“[Joshua], my goal in this process is to be the best customer you have ever had. I want to be blessing, not a curse or a challenge. If I fail in that regard then I have failed in my faith, and that is not acceptable to me.” Typically I get a standard look of amazement, bemusement, or befuddlement, and sometimes a weak “thank you”, but Joshua turned the tables on me. Said he, “Well, that’s great and I want to do the same thing for you. If we both keep our end of the bargain this should be a great arrangement.”
Very often it is so easy to get discouraged to be kind, generous, loving, etc. Sometimes it feels like being a lamb among wolves. We know we sleep better on a bed of goodness, but sometimes it seems that bed is too expensive. And then we meet the Joshua’s of the world and we are reminded that while goodness may seem sparse in the world if we keep looking we can find goodness all around us, sometimes hiding, sometimes hesitant, and sometimes just waiting to join us.
What bed are you sleeping in these days? Is it anger? Frustration? Unhappiness? Indifference? There are many bad beds we can attempt in which to sleep, but the goodness and kindness, and dare I say “love”, bed is the only one with good sleep. As the Hopi prayer says, hold on to that is good, even if it is very little and insignificant. In time it will be returned to you over and over and over, but the greatest blessing is that you will sleep better every single night. Are you willing to risk it? I encourage you to do so, and I promise you the blessings are so real. Have a great week!
1 Kings 17:1-24